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08/18/12
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Piquet Jr. stretches fuel for first Truck win  
Nelson Piquet Jr. celebrates his first Truck win
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Spin to win.

What looked like a disaster early on for Nelson Piquet Jr. -- a spin on Lap 56 -- turned fortuitous as green flags clicked by to close the VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway.

Piquet and crew chief Chris Carrier employed a brilliant -- and race-winning -- strategy to capture the Brazilian's first victory in the Camping World Truck Series. The duo chose to stay out while the front-runners pitted under green, then milked a huge lead that ballooned to more than 15 seconds with seven laps remaining.

Piquet led the first 13 laps, stalked by Kurt Busch throughout the early going. Busch, the 2000 Truck Series rookie of the year, had not started a truck race since June 30, 2001. Busch eventually took the lead on Lap 17.

On Lap 56, Piquet was racing Busch hard coming out of a restart. The two trucks tapped coming out of Turn 2, with Piquet the victim -- or so it seemed at the time.

The 27-year-old Brazilian won the race wearing a replica helmet of his father, three time F1 World Champion Nelson Piquet, who this weekend celebrated his 60th birthday.

Nelson Piquet Jr: “We’ve been fighting for this win since the beginning of last year and we finally made it! The whole race was fun and it wasn’t as boring as it seemed at the end when we had a big lead. It’s a weight off my shoulders to get the victory. I live to win races and this is only the beginning. I’ve been learning quickly and I’ve got great people around me. I think I’ve been very lucky and very blessed to be surrounded by the right guys. I’m sure I’ll win another race very soon.”

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 2 30 Nelson Piquet Jr. Chevrolet Autotrac 47/4 100 Running
2 12 23 Jason White Ford GunBroker.com 42/0 100 Running
3 20 98 Dakoda Armstrong * Toyota EverFi.com 41/0 100 Running
4 11 7 Parker Kligerman Toyota Toyota / Red Horse Racing 41/1 100 Running
5 8 31 James Buescher Chevrolet Wolfpack Rentals 40/1 100 Running
6 5 3 Ty Dillon * Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats 39/1 100 Running
7 1 22 Joey Coulter Chevrolet Rip-It Energy Fuel 37/0 100 Running
8 10 29 Brad Keselowski Ram Cooper Standard 0 100 Running
9 4 18 Kurt Busch Toyota Shore Lodge 0 100 Running
10 3 32 Miguel Paludo Chevrolet Duroline Brakes and Components 34/0 100 Running
11 6 13 Johnny Sauter Toyota Hot Honeys / Curb Records 33/0 100 Running
12 14 6 Justin Lofton Chevrolet Lofton Cattle 32/0 100 Running
13 9 17 Timothy Peters Toyota Toyota / Red Horse Racing 31/0 100 Running
14 23 99 Bryan Silas * Ford Rockingham Speedway 30/0 100 Running
15 25 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet RSS Racing 29/0 100 Running
16 13 88 Matt Crafton Toyota Ideal Door / Menards 28/0 100 Running
17 22 9 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Joe Denette Motorsports 27/0 100 Running
18 21 08 Ross Chastain * Toyota Melon 1 / Engine Parts Plus 26/0 99 Running
19 18 214 Brennan Newberry Chevrolet NTS / IronClad Performance 25/0 99 Running
20 17 33 Cale Gale * Chevrolet Rheem 24/0 99 Running
21 7 2 Tim George Jr. Chevrolet Applebee's 23/0 98 Running
22 29 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Ram Driven2Honor.org 22/0 96 Running
23 34 57 Norm Benning Chevrolet Norm Benning Racing 21/0 94 Running
24 15 11 Todd Bodine Toyota Toyota Care 21/1 49 Accident
25 16 09 John Wes Townley * Toyota Toyota Care 19/0 45 Accident
26 26 07 Johnny Chapman Toyota Wear Your Gear / www.Bobber .info 18/0 15 Overheating
27 32 27 Brandon Knupp Chevrolet Hillman Racing 17/0 10 Transmission
28 31 174 Mike Harmon Chevrolet Koma Unwind Relaxation Drink 0 9 Overheating
29 24 84 Chris Fontaine Chevrolet Glenden Enterprises 15/0 6 Vibration
30 30 225 Stephen Leicht Chevrolet Hillman Racing 0 6 Transmission
31 28 93 Dennis Setzer Chevrolet RSS Racing 13/0 6 Overheating
32 19 5 Scott Riggs Ford Wauters Motorsports 0 4 Engine
33 27 38 Chris Jones Chevrolet RSS Racing 11/0 4 Rear Gear
34 35 175 Josh Wise Chevrolet Norm Benning Racing 0 1 Vibration
35 33 0 T.J. Bell Ford Driven2Honor.org 0 1 Transmission

* Denotes Rookie

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